Coach Matt Ball talks to his Under 7 youth soccer Orange Dragons before their first game of the soccer season Saturday at Marshall Field.

Coach Matt Ball talks to his Under 7 youth soccer Orange Dragons before their first game of the soccer season Saturday at Marshall Field.

Cookie Monsters squeeze past Rubber Duckies

The Cookie Monsters munched the Rubber Duckies 4-1 in Under 12 boys youth soccer action Saturday at Marshall Field

The Cookie Monsters munched the Rubber Duckies 4-1 in Under 12 boys youth soccer action Saturday at Marshall Field.

Keeper Brandon Phillips keyed the Monsters’ offence with a boot to Quinn Soon at centre. With pace, Soon juked in off the right wing and drilled mesh on the far side.

Damian Glover nearly added to the Monsters’ cache with a bullish run to the Ducky net. Evan Bush was dangerous, feeding through balls to Monster mates for quality chances.

Phillips made a number of acrobatic saves to preserve the 1-0 advantage to halftime. Early in the second, Cookie Monster Connor Strilchuk nailed the post off a Tavis Whibley corner. The combo soon cashed, as Strilchuk volleyed home Whibley’s cross with his left foot.

Leul Berhanu then lifted the Duckies with some fancy footwork en route to a picture goal.

But the Monsters quickly quieted the quackers, as Phillips, now at midfield, popped a pass over the Duck defence to Owen Sunderland, who scorched the back of the net. Strilchuk followed with his second, converting a rebound after the Duckies’ keeper robbed Whibley on a breakaway.

The Printech Blue Steel and the Printech Gold battled to a 2-2 draw in U13 boys action.

The Gold led 2-0 at the break but the Blue Steel came back in the second with Jared Ross converting from Ryan Ponipal on the first snipe. Ponipal equalized on a feed Jared Ross.

In other U13 boys play, the Italian Kitchen Scrubs clipped the Fairfield Inn & Suites 1-0.

Both sides enjoyed several chances in an exciting match that went scoreless until the final stages.

Braydon Beese would score the only goal of the contest with minutes to go.

Justin Brunton recorded the shutout. Proud parents from both teams watched from the sidelines as their kids demonstrated good sportsmanship and team play.

The Orange Tigers bounced the Blue Skittles 5-2 in Under 9 girls play Saturday morning at Creekside Park.

Early on, Sophie Challen was a defensive rock for the Skittles. Moving up to the forward line, Challen scored just before the half, running the ball out of the left wing corner and booting it inside the near post.

In the second half, Lauren Cunningham and Aida Dempsey made scintillating saves in the Skittles’ net. Jasmine Soon counted the candy club’s second with a cracker of a kick. Ava Wood assisted, first blocking a Tiger shot and then making a run up the middle with Soon.

Rookies Emmah Pedersen, Sierra Allen, Arwyn Thomas, and Kiana Bussiere impressed, injecting energy into the Skittle lineup.

The Golden Girls blanked the Ice Breakers 3-0 in other U13 girls action.

Newcomers Jenna Chiroff and Keely Tiessen both scored for the Golden Girls, while Grace An connected on a beautiful kick from midfield.

Wingers Joelle Smid and Savannah Jodoin ran miles for the Golden Girls, while Katelyn Holm registered the shutout.

The first half was scoreless thanks to some smart defending by Ice Breaker fullback Quita King and keeper Becky Herrick.

Down a goal in the second half, the Ice Breakers pushed back with Jennika Bobryk and Emily Broderick using good dribbling and passing to create scoring opportunities on the fast break.

Hana Meyer scored in the first half and Courtney Blaeser added one in the second to lead Young Life to a 2-0 victory over North Okanagan United FC Jr. Kickers in U18 girls play.

Johie Burns was a standout on defence and Ashleigh Cohen was great in goal for Young Life.

Royal LePage Team Red shaded Royal LePage Team White 2-1 on goals by Kristin Ho and Mackenzie Gilman in U12 girls play.

Randi Piattoni replied for Team White, coached by Holly Colovos. Team White consists of students from Kidston and BX schools creating new friendships and team spirit.

Kidston teammates are Eve Cleland, Tatum Secretan, Ella Knowles and Brynn Korol, while BX teammates are Randi, Kaia and Mackenzie Barnard, Riley Papke, Taylor Land-Osullivan and Lola Phillips, making for a strong lineup. Team Red is coached by Dave Roemer.

The two other Royal LePage teams – Orange iced the Blue Thunder 2-0 – took a knee and observed a moment of silence Saturday in honour of former coach Hailey Woon, who died in 2014 in a single-vehicle accident in Australia.

Several of the U12 girls were coached by Hailey last year. Blue Thunder coach Dave Hesketh spoke with the coaches and referees and requested that the girls honour coach Hailey before kickoff.

“Hailey was a part of our soccer family and this felt like the right thing to do; it was a good life lesson for these young girls in helping to teach them respect and honour,” said Hesketh.